Tuesday, December 11, 2007
MUSIC! Flight of the Conchords, BBC4, 9.30pm
We're fairly certain that the entire point of BBC4 is that every programme should teach us something. Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe, for example, taught us that shouting at the television is not the behaviour of a crazy person, but indeed the only rational response in an otherwise loony world of pointless reality shows and sexed-up news. The lessons we learned from Flight of the Conchords are a little less obvious, perhaps, but they're still there: we learned that doing a convincing New Zealand accent is harder than you'd think (our attempts keep accidentally veering into South African), and that numbers are extremely important when you're in a band.
The importance of numbers came up once before when the duo inadvertently tripled their fan base (in other words, it was Mel plus two new girls), and tonight it turns out that three is, as was previously suspected, a crowd when the ever-clueless Murray hires a bongo player to join the band. Bret and Jemaine are furious, obviously - although when they give him a chance, it actually looks like he might be doing the band some good after all. He's certainly a charmer, that Todd.
Other important numbers today (it's a bit like Sesame Street, isn't it?) are 12 and zero, meaning that this is the twelfth episode of the series and there are zero remaining, so we will have to face a Conchord-less Tuesday for the foreseeable future. Frankly our Tuesdays just aren't going to be the same without the surprisingly sharp pop pastiches, the many failed attempts at forming relationships with women, the deputy cultural attachés who double as hotshot band managers, and the ever-present sense of barely acknowledged homoeroticism. We're going to go and listen to 'If You're Into It' and cry a few salty tears, while wearing a plaid shirt and a nonplussed expression, as our tribute to New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based rap-funk-folk duo. They're going to be missed.
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Yes! FoTC needs to go onto BBC2 so I can watch it all over again.
This is the best show since Arrested Development. The naivety of the main characters is the charm, they're so passive and laid back, which is brilliant, the ultimate anti-heroes.